The deportation of more than 1,400 Iraqi nationals from the United States has been placed on hold by a federal judge in Michigan.
U.S. District Judge Mark Goldsmith obliged the request of the American Civil Liberties Union lawyers and granted the immigrants a preliminary injunction which provides detainees time to challenge their removal in federal courts. The American Civil Liberties Union lawyers argue that argued the immigrants would face persecution in Iraq because they are considered ethnic and religious minorities there
Goldsmith wrote that the extra time assures “that those who might be subjected to grave harm and possible death are not cast out of this country before having their day in court.”
Goldsmith said many of the detainees faced “a feverish search for legal assistance” after their deportation orders were unexpectedly resurrected by the U.S. government after several years.
The decision taken by the federal Judge means no citizen of Iraqi can be deported from the United States for several months.